Serving Children, Families, and Community
Winter Global Seminar
Located in the Southeast Asia region of the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is made up of an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. To its north is Taiwan, to the west is Vietnam, to the southeast lies Borneo, and to its south lies Indonesia. Today, it is home to 92 million people and more than 90% of those people claim Christianity as their religion.
The Philippines service learning study abroad program is designed for students of all academic disciplines who want to learn about the challenges and realities of living in poverty and the role of community development programs in alleviating poverty. Students will have the opportunity to participate with Kids International Ministries (KIM) in
their feeding programs, family and community service projects, school programs, prenatal clinic,
and interact with the children in an orphanage.
Research shows that poverty in the form of homelessness and lack of nutrition has a profound effect on young children’s health, growth, and development. This impact extends into prenatal development. Children living in poverty are sick more often, have more trouble learning, and are not as often exposed to stimulating social environments. They are more likely to not attend school and family relationships are often stressful. Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to repeat the poverty cycle so that their children, too, grow up in poverty.
As Christians, we are called to help the poor. Yet, in our compassionate efforts to alleviate poverty, we sometimes hurt the poor. Kid’s International Ministries (KIM) is an organization that works to help the poor by giving children opportunities to change the trajectory of their lives. They provide basic housing and nutrition needs so that children can be healthy enough to attend school and learn. Once stabilized, kids are supported through their education and mentored to break the cycle of poverty. Of course, this is not a simple solution and the extenuating circumstances are often complex.
- To further develop critical thinking skills regarding problems facing contemporary families, including poverty, and possible interventions in the public and private arena
- To understand the place of individual and family in the larger environment and the reciprocal relationship between the two systems.
- To develop and apply a thoughtful perspective on work and family issues based on experiences, discussions, and readings.
- The specific issue that this course addresses is the effect of poverty on children and their families, and the roll that we, as Christians, are called to play in alleviating family poverty.
Accommodations and Meals
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For more information about this program, please contact SPU Study Abroad